Louise Crowther is a knitting genius. She creates every doll in My Knitted Doll beautifully and they come with a lovely story which gives the dolls personality.
We caught up with Louise Crowther recently to find out all about her and the dolls in her new book, My Knitted Doll.
1. Can you tell us how you first got into knitting?
My love of knitting started about 10 years ago when my eldest son came home from primary school saying he wanted to learn how to knit. So I bought a book, some yarn and some needles and we both learned (well actually, I learned how to knit, he got fed up after a few days, but luckily by then I was well and truly hooked)!
2. How long does it take you to knit one doll? They are so perfectly done and so neat!
It takes me roughly a week to make a doll, but admittedly I am a perfectionist!
3. How do you create the names and clothing ideas for the dolls?
My inspiration for the dolls clothing comes mainly from the high street. I often see a pretty top or dress that sparks an idea, which develops into a little outfit. Choosing the names is rather like choosing a baby name when you’re expecting, I look in baby name books for inspiration or occasionally they’re named after people I know.
4. Do you have a favourite?
That’s a hard one! Designing them has been such a big part of my life this year, I am very attached to them all, but if I really had to choose one it would be Martha. I love her outfit and her little red shoes are so cute.
5. Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I always cry at films……even kids ones!
6. Do you have any top tips for someone who may want to knit one of your fantastic dolls?
Take your time, read the pattern instructions before you begin, but don’t over-think it. Don’t panic if the instructions don’t appear to make sense at first, as you follow them the penny will drop!
Take your time when making up your doll, the finishing touches make all the difference to your finished project. Sew the parts together carefully always making sure any colour changes match.
When stuffing tease out each piece to make it more pliable and give a smoother effect. Try to stuff each part equally, so check legs and arms against each other as you work to make sure that they match.